Eric Medalle, 42, died on Sunday when a massive evergreen tree collapsed on his vehicle in Seward Park.
Eric Medalle, the lone casualty in Sunday’s local windstorm, was a prolific artist for Pokémon Company International in Bellevue and a father of two girls.
The 42-year-old was in a black BMW X3 in Seward Park, less than 4 miles from his reported home, when a massive evergreen tree snapped in fierce winds, according to public records and authorities. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s very sad and tragic to lose someone so young so suddenly,” said Estrella Ferrer, Medalle’s aunt. “Everybody was shocked. I was completely shocked. I can’t believe it happened.”
Medalle is survived by his wife and two daughters, who are 2 and 6 years old.
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According to KING 5, the father was taking his youngest daughter for a Sunday drive when the tree fell. Afterward, a passer-by plucked the little girl from the crumpled vehicle and delivered her to emergency responders.
Medics took her to Harborview Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries.
Beginning as a freelance graphic designer, Medalle had worked for Pokémon since 1999, according to his LinkedIn page. He most recently served as the Bellevue company’s creative design director, for the past six years.
“He was a very creative person,” Ferrer said. “He was a man of all talents.”
Medalle moved to Seattle after living in Michigan, where he was born and raised, she said.
Those close to Medalle are holding a memorial service for him on Thursday. Also, a crowdfunding page has been created online in his memory to help his daughters pay for college.